Following feedback from the Leadhills community through the Community Council and the Leadhills Estate Information Day, the feedback was for clearer identification of path networks around Leadhills village with maps to encourage walkers and visitors to come to the area. One particular route that was identified by the Community Council and South Lanarkshire Council Access officers was a circular connection with the Southern Upland Way (SUW).
Leadhills Estate’s regular fencing contractor was employed to install waymarker discs, finger posts and combo pedestrian field gates in various locations along the route. The route is regularly marked with yellow waymarker discs.
The chosen route begins at the top of Station Road and continues in a southerly direction along the Enterkin Path adjacent to the Leadhills and Wanlockhead railway towards Wanlockhead where it joins the SUW. Following a south easterly direction along the SUW, walkers are able to re-join the return loop on the Lowthers mast tarmac road. Heading north on the road, walkers take a north easterly turn taking the track back to Leadhills village to the west of Glenfranka Reservoir, past Lowthers Cottage and returning to the village at The Hopetoun Arms.
This is hopefully the first of a number of potential routes identified in the various consultations with the community.